Mabel Dodge and the Literary Salon of Taos

Mabel Dodge courted writers and artists to spend time at her home; she desired not only to replicate but to exceed the efforts of her New York City salons. Emma Goldman, Alfred Stieglitz, Margaret Sanger, John Reed, Georgia O’Keefe, Willa Cather, Ansel Adams, Carl Jung, D.H. Lawrence, Frank Waters, Aldous Huxley are just some of her esteemed guests…. read more

Translating 'Fun Home'

Let me be blunt: it is pretty freaking amazing to have a major musical production about a lesbian, and a butch lesbian to boot. A part of me is still a bit dumbfounded, “Did I really just see a butch lesbian on the stage of the Public Theater?”… read more

Notes on Teaching Kate Bornstein

Kate Bornstein’s memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger, hereafter QPD, featured as the capstone of my “American Literature” course last spring semester. James Baldwin, Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Audre Lorde, and Kate Bornstein—these were the writers whose “autobiographical” texts comprised my syllabus. These are the writers I felt best encapsulated a very specific frame of… read more

The Gay Imposition

Two years ago, at the Lambda Literary awards, Edward Albee rankled more than a few attendees when in his acceptance speech for the Pioneer Award he said, “[a] writer who happens to be gay or lesbian must be able to transcend self. I am not a gay writer. I am a writer who happens to… read more

LGBT Media and the Question of Content

“The media has replaced every institution”—Fran Lebowitz is always right, isn’t she? Yet even I think she could not foretell the extent of her accuracy in light of the digital age and the rise of “new media.” Those of us who participate in the LGBT bloggosphere—writers, editors, photographers, videographers, and the occasional journalist—know that while… read more

Ephemera: Literary Culture and Pedagogy

We are what we read, and, arguably, we are how we write.

This semester in all of my seven—yes, seven (yes, ah, “adjuncting”)—undergraduate courses I am requiring that students do a fair amount of in-class writing assignments—all handwritten. Why? Because the mind, I think, functions differently writing by hand as opposed to typing. … read more